The former Head of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative (CHRAJ), and a retired judge, Mr. Emile Short, has urged the public to refrain from condemning all judges in the wake of the revelations made in the Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ latest expose on corruption in the judiciary.
A total of 34 judges from higher and lower courts, implicated in the judicial corruption scandal have been suspended by the Judicial Council, while the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, has ordered investigations into the matter.
A process has also started to determine whether there was a prima facie case against the twelve High Court judges also captured in the exposé.
Over 100 court officials believed to have been engaged in the alleged acts, are also going to be disciplined after the investigative processes, according to the Chief Justice.
But in an interview with Citi FM, the retired judge said Ghanaians ought to be circumspect and not tag all judges as corrupt, adding that many judges were dispensing their duties with integrity.
“I think that we must be careful about making a general condemnation of the judiciary because there are many judges both men and women who are performing their duties with integrity. The judiciary is such an important institution, so we should make sure that we don’t undermine the confidence of the judiciary; but that will also depend on how the Judicial Council and the Chief Justice handle this matter,” he said.
Mr. Short said although the revelations were disturbing, he was reluctant to comment, unless there was the concrete evidence of the allegations leveled against the judges, adding that “if the allegations are true, the persons involved are entitled to be heard because one is innocent until proven guilty and so that is the approach we should be taking”.
Though Anas’ two-year investigative piece titled, “Ghana in the Eyes of God- Epic of Injustice”, exposed judges taking bribes to apparently influence their judgements, it also came out that some judges rejected inducements.
The shocking video is set to premiere at the Accra International Conference Centre on September 22, although reports had suggested that there were attempts by some influential individuals to block its public viewing.
By Claude Nyarko Adams